Sugene Lee

CP3 seals the deal in an ugly win

In NBA: LA Clippers on December 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The Clips took on the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day in an ugly 105-86 victory. Despite the 19-point win, the Clips were not anywhere near satisfied with their performance. There was no celebrating after the game, only disappointment. Rebounding still remained a problem and their offensive game was nowhere near pretty. However, their disappointed reactions only showed that they have high-expectations for themselves and are striving to become the best. This should only be encouraging for Clipper Nation.

Excitement roared in the Oracle Arena as the first game of the regular season was about to begin.

Clippers had a rough start with Warriors’ Biendrins and Lee taking charge in the paint with point and rebounds. Points went back and forth with Billups hitting his first 3 of the game, who was a reckless 6-19 from the field and 3-10 behind the arc. Mr. Big Shot continued to take reckless shots and unfortunately, continued to miss during those long stretches of ugly basketball.

Looking alone at Blake’s stats, 22 points and 7 rebounds, isn’t too shabby. But he’s Blake Griffin. Standards are set high for the power forward this year. Fans want to see more quality games.

DeAndre Jordan had a rough game as well, despite his monstrous block party, with 8 blocked shots. Yet, he only took 2 shot attempts, making one, and was 4 of 12 from the line. GSW decided to play hack-a-Jordan and fouled him 4 consecutive times. With none of his free throws falling, it wasn’t a horrible idea for the Warriors, but in the long-run it didn’t help one bit.

Stats don’t account for the performance of either teams. In the 19-point blowout, the Clips didn’t necessarily play better. They were just better. The game was dragged on for 3 1/2 quarters until the best player on the team, CP3, pressed on the gas and sealed the deal with his 3 consecutive jump shots.

This was the realization many came to after watching last night’s game. With the Clips’ potential on a completely different level than last year, they can get effortless wins ugly or pretty. The anticipation wasn’t anywhere near the two preseason games against the Lakers, but they still came out with an easy win. There was never a time during the game where I thought the Clippers were go ing to lose. Yes, the game dragged on with frustration after countless unorganized offensive plays, but the Clips were sure to come out with a win.

The point for the Clippers isn’t to have lobs left and right, but to play basketball and get a W any way possible and their first game of the season proved just that. No matter how ugly it can get, they’re looking to get a win.

Hopefully, these ugly games don’t occur often. But a win is a win.

Here are some highlights to cover for an unsatisfying victory:

DJ’s monstrous block leads to another highlight by Blake.

Caron Butler’s And-1 Rainbow shot

 

Next game: Wed. 12/28 @ San Antonio, 5:30 pm

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